Kevin Kolb and the concussion crisis in the NFL

Bills fans will remember Kevin Kolb, one of their quarterbacks who retired abruptly in 2013. He had suffered a fourth concussion in a pre-season game and its effects lingered for weeks after. After almost dying in a head-on crash on route to the practice facility, he never played again.

He’s not alone. With so much money at stake teams and players alike  have long overlooked the dangers and kept players in the game after a concussion. But over the years the evidence began piling up and now it’s well-known the extent of the problem and the NFL’s coverup.

The players know. The NFL knows. Fans know. And with very few exceptions the players ignore the risks. It’s only later on that they may find out they gambled. And lost.

Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain started 75 years ago and marked the first time one nation attempted to destroy or at least incapacitate another based on air power alone. This article explains why the Nazis believed they could win. They almost did. But a change in tactics from trying to destroy the RAF to bombing London and manufacturing targets allowed the RAF to not only survive but to recover.

Elysian, Anheuser-Busch, and the Fight for the Soul of Seattle’s Beer

What happens when Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) offers to buy your craft brewery? For two of the three founders of Elysian in Seattle, you take the offer. But Dick Cantwell, the brewer whose beer the brewery was built on, couldn’t do that.

Over the years, the men who founded Elysian developed different visions of what it should be, a splintering that produced friction. Bisacca was focused on expanding the business into new markets. Cantwell was writing, speaking, and traveling more than he was brewing, building prestige on a national level for the relatively small brewery. Buhler was writing and performing music; he released his first album in 2013.

Most of all, nobody was waiting in the wings to take over.

Long story short, ABInBev now owns Elysian and Dick Cantwell is on his own. For now, Elysian beers remain unchanged and brewed only in Seattle. For now.

This is a common theme in many of the recent craft brewery buy-outs. The founders are focused on the difficult task of getting a brewery started and their beer out to the public. They tend not to think about what might happen down the road. The lesson seems to be that’s it’s important to plan well ahead for the inevitable time when you’re no longer enjoying what you’re doing and ready to move on.

VW scandal highlights irony of EPA opposition to vehicle software tinkering

The EPA, along with the automakers, is convinced the customers have no right to tinker with their vehicle’s software. They claim it’s to prevent modifications that may increase emissions and/or circumvent emissions controls. But now VW has been found to have done exactly that in close to half a million diesel vehicles. So, who can be trusted?

Locked Tight

Stacey May Fowles has a Twitter account. It’s Locked Tight.

So when people express frustration in not being able to retweet me, or when they ask me if I wouldn’t be better served by opening things up, I have taken to sending them the same stock reply every time—Blame men.

If this being necessary bothers you (hint: it should), don’t throw up the usual “#NotAllMen”, do something about it. If you know someone who’s acting inappropriately, call them out. Don’t just “boys will be boys” it. It may focus their rage at you, it may not. But maybe, just maybe, it will get them to think.

14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for bringing homemade clock to school

Police in Irving, TX arrested 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for the heinous crime of bringing a homemade clock to school. That’s right, a kid built his own digital clock out of parts and was arrested for doing so.

Of course it must be said he’s Muslim and lives in Texas, so the over-the-top racism and Islamophobia are hardly surprising. Luckily, the tech world is responding to this incident with support for Ahmed and condemnation for Irving, TX and the teachers who called the police.

The fight over the wreck of HMS Erebus

In 1845 Sir John Franklin took two ships, The HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus, from England to the Arctic to look for the fabled Northwest Passage. They eventually became trapped in the ice and after a long period of frostbite and starvation were never seen again.

A number of attempts were made to find them, including some backed by Franklin’s widow, but all were in vain. Then in 2014 the Canadian government announced they had located the Erebus, Franklin’s personal ship. But the person who was credited with the find was actually 65 nautical miles away at the time and the names of the marine archaeologists who actually found it were never mentioned. No longer strictly a matter of history, it has become a political battle at the highest levels of the Canadian government.